Sara and her fiancée, Jonathan (Jo) Joyal were residents of Fort Scott, Kan.
Sara was born on May 16, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Bryan Anthony Wilson and Paula Sue McClure. She is the step-daughter of Pam Wilson.
Sara attended elementary and high school in Liberal, Mo., and was a 2004 graduate of Liberal High School. During junior high and high school, Sara was on the yearbook staff, was a cheerleader and in the drama department. Sara starred in several plays throughout high school and also enjoyed woodworking classes. She worked on weekends and after school as a waitress at Chicken Annie's.
Sara was especially close to her grandmother, Martha Petrie, and stepgrandfather, Don Petrie.
In her earlier years in Mindenmines, Mo., she attended the Bible Believers Church in Pittsburg, Kan., with her grandparents. Growing up, she enjoyed summers traveling with her grandparents in the RV and camping.
Sara was one of those rare people that you could live a lifetime without meeting, who made the world a better place just by being in it. She was a gift to everyone who had the chance to be loved by her.
She was a survivor of a heart condition that required several surgeries during her early childhood. Each year Sara's birthday was celebrated with a brilliant and dazzling party, and she treasured each and every one.
She graduated from Crowder Community College, Neosho, Mo., in 2007 with an associate degree in drama and elementary education. While at Crowder College she had the lead role in numerous plays and also directed entire performances. Sara was the resident hall supervisor and also worked at the local YMCA in Neosho.
After college graduation, Sara spent two years in Canada where she met her fiancée and love of her life, Jo Joyal. Sara and Jo returned to the U.S. and located in Fort Scott in Aug. 2010. Sara and Jo enjoyed the past summer swimming at the Fort Scott pool and taking long walks by the Marmaton River at Gunn Park.
Sara found her dream job at Tri-Valley Developmental Services. Sara loved helping people and making a difference in the little things in someone's life.
Sara was small in size, but with a heart so big she shared with everyone.
Survivors include her fiancée Jonathan (Jo) Joyal, Canada, her father and stepmother Bryan and Pam Wilson, her mother Paula McClure, her paternal grandmother Martha Petrie, her sisters Kimberly Coonrod and Jennifer Allen, her brother Christopher Townsend, stepsisters Courtney and Ashley Scholes, stepbrother Brandon Scholes, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Kenton Leroy Wilson, paternal stepgrandfather Don Petrie and her maternal grandparents Merle and Betty McClure.
Rev. Marty DeWitt will conduct funeral services at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 14, at Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Tri-Valley Developmental Services and may be sent to or left in the care of Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701.
Words of rememberence may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.